Independence Day conjures many images of Americana and national pride, but none stand out more than the July 4th parade. The 51st edition of the Palisades Civic Association July 4th Parade was a picture perfect snapshot of the smalltown parade, tucked away in corner of the nation’s capital.
Hundreds of families from all over the city lined the parade route to watch the bands and dancers entertain. Local politicians, including Mayor Bowser and Councilmembers Todd, Cheh, Evans, Bonds and Gray were present to share the joy of the holiday and shower the children with candy and American Flags. Vintage automobiles were also big stars of the day.
At the conclusion of the 1.4 mile parade route, participants and families strolled into the Palisades Recreation Center for the traditional picnic of hot dogs and watermelon. As a live band serenaded the crowd, kids played on the impressive playground or jumped into the colossal bounce house. Mayor Bowser, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, and members of the city administration gathered to turn the ceremonial “first shovel” in a sandbox constructed in front of what will become the new Palisade Recreation center. This $9.5 million modernization project will add many features, including a community room, a fitness room and a half-court gymnasium.
Overall, this was a perfect way to end the long holiday weekend. I will be sure to attend this event again in the future.